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Titre du document / Document title

Darwin, Veblen and the problem of causality in economics = Darwin, Veblen et le problème de la causalité en économie

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

HODGSON Geoffrey M. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) The Business School, University of Hertfordshire, Mangrove Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG13 8QF, ROYAUME-UNI

Résumé / Abstract

This article discusses some of the ways in which Darwinism has influenced a small minority of economists. It is argued that Darwinism involves a philosophical as well as a theoretical doctrine. Despite claims to the contrary, the uses of analogies to Darwinian natural selection theory are highly limited in economics. Exceptions include Thorstein Veblen, Richard Nelson, and Sidney Winter. At the philosophical level, one of the key features of Darwinism is its notion of detailed understanding in terms of chains of cause and effect. This issue is discussed in the context of the problem of causality in social theory. At least in Darwinian terms, the prevailing causal dualism - of intentional and mechanical causality - in the social sciences is found wanting. Once again, Veblen was the first economist to understand the implications for economics of Darwinism at this philosophical level. For Veblen, it was related to his notion of 'cumulative causation'. The article concludes with a discussion of the problems and potential of this Veblenian position.

Revue / Journal Title

History and philosophy of the life sciences    ISSN  0391-9714 

Source / Source

2001, vol. 23, no 3-4 (183 p.)  [Document : 39 p.] (4 p.3/4), pp. 385-423 [39 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language

Anglais

Revue : Anglais ; Français

Editeur / Publisher

Giannini, Napoli, ITALIE  (1979) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Monism

;

Philosophy

;

Origin of species

;

Influence

;

Causality

;

Economy

;

Evolution

;

Darwinism

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Monisme

;

Philosophie

;

Origine des espèces

;

Influence

;

Causalité

;

Economie

;

Evolution

;

Darwinisme

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

FilosofÍa

;

Origen de las especies

;

Causalidad

;

EconomÍa

;

Evoluciňn

;

Darwinismo

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 24533, 35400010673649.0040

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 14014625



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